The new route is called the EMT 001 and runs along a north to south axis connecting Atocha station with Moncloa running along the busy shopping streets of Calle Princessa and Gran Via and the Paseo del Prado.
It uses a fleet of brand new electric buses that boast zero-emissions and form part of the Madrid 360 initiative to reduce traffic and pollution in the capital.
The light blue buses have a capacity for 75 passengers and will run approximately every 7-8 minutes between 7am and 11.30pm.
There are 15 stops along the route going southbound and 17 going northbound..
Announcing the new route on Tuesday Madrid mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida said the idea was “to encourage people to leave their cars at home”.
The new right-wing Popular Party-led council invested in ten new electric buses at a cost to the taxpayer of €4.4 million. They estimate that the buses will clock up a total of 350,000 kms annually transporting some 13,000 passengers each day.
Con la puesta en marcha de la primera #LíneaCero de la @EMTmadrid entre Atocha Renfe y Moncloa, Madrid se convierte en ciudad pionera y referente en transporte público sostenible #Madrid360 pic.twitter.com/2fNBMViBjh
— Ayuntamiento Madrid (@MADRID) February 19, 2020
A further route running east to west will be launched on March 3rd linking Argüelles with the Puerta de Toledo.
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